Rebecca Maez gets ten-year sentence for death of cannabis advocate Jenny Kush

Rebecca Maez was sentenced on Friday to ten years in prison for the death of cannabis advocate Jenny Kush. Maez, 28, was drunk and driving the wrong way in an HOV lane on I-25 last September when she collided head-on with a car being driven by Kush's boyfriend, Jeremy DePinto, who was injured in the crash. Kush, his passenger, was killed.

Maez pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and assault last month. At an emotional sentencing hearing on Friday, she pleaded for forgiveness as Kush's loved ones told the judge about the amazing mother, daughter and friend that they lost.

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